Remember donkeys on Hastings beach ? 1980’s.

photo: Phil Sellens

Stuart Moir… Then along came the PC brigade and complained that they were mal nourished badly treated and didn’t want to do what was asked but if that was the case the donkey would have been able to object by stopping and we all know how hard it would have been to make it move

Colin Fox… I think they also said that they had to get insurance in case anyone got hurt.

Dizz Corinne Ryder… I used to spend my pocket money on them and the trampolines!

Tony Court-holmes… did not like

Wendy Weaver… I remember where they used to stand – my dog used to make straight for that area to roll in the poo and then we’d have to take him straight home for a bath

Pete Houghton… It’s was a shame it stopped the were treated with respect as someone said if they did not want to move they would not and they walked on sand

Nicola Barfield… Omg bring my childhood back from when we came from Germany to here to see nanny donkeys shops etc on pier the old bathing pool distant memories such a shame bring fun revenue to the town in a positive way

Jack Irving… Poor donkeys.

Kev Carleonis… Pure cruelty

Coco Pops… The Chimps were bad enough I never saw the poor Donkeys.

Dot Mountford… If you wish to leave or write posts online please know the correct facts before you do so, In the first instance they were ponies not donkey’s easy to tell apart as donkey’s have big ears and it was early 1970s not 1980s, I know that as I was there it’s is me in the photo leading the pony…..

Jim Breeds… But its ears are not visible!! While we’re at it – donkeys (plural) do not have an apostrophe!

Paul Marshall… I remember monkeys


Elvis Costello – Hastings Pier 4th March 1980

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poster supplied by Andrew Clifton                 ticket supplied by Robert Wren


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Alan Esdaile… .Packed gig and as wildly reported here, he left the stage half through a song which I think was ‘Alison’.

Andrew Clifton…. found this on Wikipedia. Elvis Costello when asked Can you remember any shows of yours that were spectacularly good or bad? It’s not for me to say which were the good shows, However, I do remember a concert a few years ago which would have been a nearly perfect combination of songs if I’d played “Suit Of Lights” at the end — but then I’d have had to stop performing. This is why a show is preferable to records: any night may yield the best version of a song — that is, up until the next night. Needless to say, there were a number of occasions, back in the day, where one or other member of the band was either too tired or emotional to complete the show. I could name names but at the risk of reading like one of those tired old rehashes that are the stock-in-trade of a “rival publication,” I will only mention this one evening when I was at fault. You did ask. Following a lunchtime stop in Folkestone at which half a case of wine was demolished, plus an afternoon “nap” and early evening “livener” of several pints of strong cider into which were dropped shot glasses of navy rum — for those of you who want to order one, it’s called a “Depth Charge” — and God knows what else, I completely forgot the words of “Alison” and had to be led from a stage at the end of Hastings Pier, in 1980. I still refuse to play over water to this day.

Mick O’Dowd….This was a classic concert with a force 6/7 blowing outside. The joint was shakin’, literally. Must have been a near sell-out. Tickets are cheaper for this gig than the £45 asking for De La Warr concert next year(2014)!

Bobby Walker… And my friend thought he left the stage because she was stood right up the front and was talking during “Alison”. Was this before or after Langer was in Deaf School? He and Winstanley became one of the great production teams of the late 70s / early 80s.

Michael Wilson….I’ve still got mine the the Costello gig. A great night on the pier and waiting for a train back to Bexhill afterwards

Mick Mepham….Doh! Didn’t get to see that one dammit!

Mick O’Dowd….Hard luck Mick. It was a classic and probably a sell-out as well!Anybody remember who the support was?

Michael Wilson….Clive Langer and the Boxes support I think he also produce the album ‘Get Happy’

Jim Hobbs…. Clive Langer and the Boxes. They were great, but I think Elvis cut his set short during ‘Alison’, he looked a bit ‘ill’.

Andrew Clifton….He went off stage and left the band playing then returned to the stage to play but not for very long. I do remember him saying something like “if you don’t stop dancing we will go through the floor into the sea.”

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The Telham Tinkers – Marrowbones 1980

Alan Harmer… Are you looking to buy this album? If so check out I have just listed a very clean almost mint copy under Slip Disc Records

Jim Breeds… Lovely. I’m not going to buy it, but I wanted to take a look at the listing – I don’t know what the Slip Disc reference is as it seems to have no connection with the listing but I searched for the LP title and here is Alan’s listing

Pete Titchener… I can provide a digital copy if anyone is interested.

The Specials – Hastings Pier 16th June 1980

ticket supplied by Robert Wren

Robert Wren… Hastings Pier gig gets a mention about 21.56 minutes in

Martin Curcher… I was there!

Samuel Freeman… Was working in the bar that night it was manic

Stuart Berryman… The Go-Go’s were support along with The Bodysnatchers – they didn’t go down too well. Two things I remember about the gig was Suggs being in the bar (and smiling at my girlfriend!) and the welcoming commitee of local skins waiting for us on the way out.

Lance Collins… I remember that. Was on bar duty and let Suggs in.

Peter Fortsch… I was working with my brother in law and Lance Collins. (bouncers) I had to check for steel toecaps on that night at entrance. If they were worn I confiscated there bootlaces. Lance was on duty one in one out of bar. Chris was on Dance floor. I joined him later and remember us breaking up a fight and ejecting a guy who we handed to Big Basil who removed him. Really enjoyed The Specials

Lance Collins… Peter, I remember it well. I was told by Chris to stay out of the way because I was getting married a week later and he was worried I would get a black eye

Liz Dianto… I was there. Met Suggs in the bar too. I think he had his eye on a girl I remember as Melanie. A sight more attractive than us little skinhead girls haha. Although I believe his girlfriend was in the GoGos

Niclas Johansson… Stuart, I was there to and do remember as a punkrocker it was just me and another that was punk the rest and most of them was skinheads. I was challenge to fight but I say no and he buys me a beer and we were friends during the concert. I’m from Sweden and I was 15 years old at the time and was study English in Hastings.

Missing Persons – Only A Friend – 1980

Recorded at Park Gates studio, Catsfield, Sussex (August 10th 1980). Produced by Ike Nossel, Mastered by Martyn Baker.
Song & Vocal – Stephen Winterbottom,     Guitar & Backing Vocal – Martin (Hawk) Luckhurst,
Bass – Martyn Baker,    Keyboards – Ashley Pepper,    Drums – Kevin Hoad.

Gary Glitter and Fumble – Hastings Pier 10th May 1980


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Mike Wright…. Where do you get these great posters ?? And the entrance fee is so cheap on all of them……If you ever come across photos or cuttings featuring a group called FUMBLE you will make my day. They played Hastings Pier as support to Gary Glitter on 10th May 1980.


also they have a great website…